WEDNESDAY, MARCH 09, 2011
Softball hosts Delaware State on Thursday
The JU softball team will take a brief stop off the road on Thursday to host Delaware State at 4 p.m. for a doubleheader at the JU Softball Complex.
This is the only doubleheader for the Dolphins (13-9) this week before heading out of town during Spring Break to play their final six contests prior to the A-Sun schedule starting on March 25.
“I want our kids to keep focusing on the little things and get better this week,” said JU head coach Amanda Lehotak. “I want us to take care of business on Thursday and use it as another learning opportunity. This time of year it’s better to plan than practice so I want them to go home after Thursday to be kids, rest up and come back refreshed as we begin A-Sun play.”
JU comes back home after posting a successful 4-1 record at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Fla. last weekend.
Junior Sarah Sigrest and freshman Meagan Balding were two of the keys that helped the Dolphins at the invitational.
Sigrest posted a 3-0 mark with a save and 22 strikeouts for a 0.31 ERA in 22.2 innings of work. She had two shutouts, including striking out a career-best 11 batters in the win against Saint Joseph’s. For her efforts, Sigrest was named A-Sun “Pitcher of the Week”.
Balding celebrated her 19th birthday on March 4th by smashing a two-run homer to lift the Dolphins past Saint Jospeh’s. She also had the game-winning double in the 2-1 comeback win against Villanova the next day before closing the weekend with two RBI hits against Toledo.
Offensively, sophomore Sarah Simon had jumped into the team lead in hitting with a .302 and 13 RBI, while Sigrest’s stellar week lifted her record to 6-3 on the season, with a miniscule 1.06 earned run average. She has now struck out 62 batters and limited opponents to a paltry .189 batting average.
The Hornets (5-2) head across the city after dropping a 6-0 decision to UNF on Tuesday night.
Janelle Lukens paces the offense with 13 hits and Andrea Waters leads the team with eight RBI. In the circle, Casey Beighley and Amber Coburn each had two wins for the Hornets.
Fans can follow the action through live video streaming on A-Sun.TV or on live stats by logging onto JUDolphins.com.